More Human Remains Found at Ground Zero

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This poem includes an article from the New York Times about finding more human remains in a man hole in October 2006. It was an assingment given to us by our Creative Writing teacher, where we had to pick an article, and write a poem: first summarizing the article, then writing your own thoughts derived from it. Enjoy.

The Article:

October 22, 2006

More Human Remains Found at Ground Zero


Filed at 6:34 a.m. ET

NEW YORK (AP)-- Workers recovered more human remains Saturday from several manholes as the city began a new search for Sept. 11 victims.

The search was ordered after the surprise discovery of dozens of bones in an abandoned manhole this week.

Utility and city officials on Saturday hand-removed material from other manholes after tearing into the pavement on a service road along the site's western edge. It was then sifted onsite by forensic officials for fragments of human remains, said deputy mayor Edward Skyler.

City officials said that about 15 more pieces of remains had been uncovered, bringing the total to nearly 100 this week.

Upset relatives of some Sept. 11 victims called for a federally led new search for remains in and around ground zero after construction workers discovered bones in one manhole excavated as part of work on a transit hub, officials said.

The 80 bones and fragments found earlier this week ranged from a little less than an inch to 12 inches long, said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office. The bones possibly include ribs, arms, legs and vertebra, she said.

The active search for the dead ended at the site in 2002 after a massive cleanup of 1.5 million tons of debris. About 20,000 pieces of human remains were found, but the DNA in thousands of those pieces was too damaged by heat, humidity, and time to yield matches in the many tests forensic scientists have tried over the years.

More than 40 percent of the 2,749 Sept. 11 victims in New York have never been identified.


--More than 40% of the 2,749 September 11 victims in New York have never been identified.--

The original search ended in the year 2002.

About 20,000 pieces of the human remains were found.

The DNA in these bones were too damaged

to be identified.

Dozens of newly discovered bones--found in a New York City manhole--

caused city officials to order a search.


--One hundred bones found this week--


The relatives of the victims weep,

nothing to bury or even cremate.

Somewhere for these victims

tears fall.

Souls wander in search for their bodies to claim

so that they may finally fall into eternal sleep,

healed of the burning, screaming, treacherous sights

of people jumping out of buildings.

They will move on to dance before God with eternal life,

from Ground Zero, Tomb of the Unknown.

Submitted: June 09, 2007

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Sat, June 9th, 2007 7:55pm



It is pretty depressing, isn't it?

Sat, June 9th, 2007 1:01pm


Nothing I can really say, except, wow!. I still get goosebumps when I think of that awful tragedy.

Sat, June 9th, 2007 11:31pm


I get goosebumps too, everytime.

Mon, June 11th, 2007 3:18pm

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